Rebecca Fox

Land, water forum report

Land, water forum report

Appropriate national direction should mean the extra layer of governance proposed by the Land and Water Forum yesterday will not be needed, Otago Regional Council chief executive Graeme Martin says.

Marine protectors gain ally

Marine protectors gain ally

Having other groups advocate for a marine protected area in Otago could only assist the Otago Conservation Board's quest for protection of the region's marine biodiversity, chairman Hoani Langsbury says.

Another front set to bring gales, snow

Snow and bitterly cold gales are expected along coastal Otago today as the next southwesterly flow "scoots" up the coast, MetService says.

Gecko release successful

The translocation of jewelled geckos from Otago Peninsula to Orokonui Ecosanctuary has been declared a success, after almost two years.

Hawkesbury Lagoon governance issues problematical

A lack of co-ordination and communication between the multiple agencies with an interest in Hawkesbury Lagoon, north of Dunedin, and its surrounds is frustrating the community group trying to restore the habitat.

Conditions bode well for grass growth

Conditions bode well for grass growth

August's unsettled and mild weather means farmers are going into spring with conditions conducive to grass growth, consultant hydrologist Dave Stewart says.

Increasing community awareness of wetlands

Increasing community awareness of wetlands

Successfully uniting a community in an effort to preserve and develop its nearby wetlands has resulted in the Lake Waihola-Waipori Wetlands Society being nominated for the Coastal Otago Conservation Award. Rebecca Fox talks to president David Vollweiler and secretary Pauline Baker about their work to save the wetlands, which are home to 21 species that are totally reliant on the habitat for survival.

Young fingers on the pulse

Young fingers on the pulse

Showing pupils how chemistry relates to real life situations as well as building a picture of the health of Otago Harbour has won the Healthy Harbour Watchers the inaugural Otago Conservation Schools Award. Rebecca Fox talks to project facilitator Andrew Innes.

Peninsula is HQ for her campaigns

Peninsula is HQ for her campaigns

A founder of prominent conservation organisations such as the Yellow-eyed Penguin Trust and Save the Otago Peninsula, Lala Frazer is this year's Coastal Otago Conservation Award winner. Rebecca Fox talks to her about three decades of work to conserve Otago's environment.

Possible ORC first with arrival of councillor's baby

Possible ORC first with arrival of councillor's baby

Having your first baby in the middle of an election campaign is not the norm, but for Otago Regional councillor Gretchen Robertson it could not have gone smoother, even if son Angus arrived on a committee day.